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A jewelry trade catalog published under the name of O. C. Kraehmer and Son, retail jewelers in Galena, Illinois. This catalog is pretty clearly just a wholesaler's catalog with the Kraehmer name on the cover, but I have not yet been able to determine the firm of wholesalers. It was printed by The Faithorn Company, Chicago (attested from other sources as printers, not jewelry wholesalers), and is not a paragon of the printer's art.

Students of mathematics will no doubt take delight in the ten-sided "Octagon" watch advertised on p. 15.

This catalog is undated, but probably dates from the late (19) 'teens. The earliest item I have been able to date in it is an Illinois Watch Company "Sangamo Special." This line of watches was introduced in 1913. [TO DO: track down date of introduction of Illinois "Autocrat"; was it 1916?] The catalog also includes Deuber-Hampden watches; the D-H factory was sold to the Soviet Union in 1928. But the presence of only a single gents' bracelet watch (in gunmetal) suggests a date not much later than the First World War.


Publisher digital reprint by www.CircuitousRoot.com
Language EN
Book contributor Dr. David M. MacMillan
Collection catalogs
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